Wales switches to organ donation opt-out – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2015 in consent, health, news, organ transplants, Wales by tracey

‘Consent for organ donation switches from opt-in to “soft opt-out” in Wales from Tuesday. The Labour-led Welsh government claims the law change could lead to a 25% increase in the number of organs available.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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Wales – it’s just more appealing – Nearly Legal

Posted November 5th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, housing, news, tribunals, Wales by sally

‘Clarise Properties Ltd v Rees [2015] EWCA Civ 1118 (Lawtel/Westlaw only from what I can see) is an interesting* permission to appeal decision. It appears that devolution has caused an odd little difference in the test for permission to appeal from the UT(LC) depending on whether the case started in England or Wales.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th November 2015

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: The Law of Wales – Looking Forward – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 2nd, 2015 in devolution, speeches, Wales by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice at the Legal Wales Conference 9 October 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 23rd october 2015

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Cardiff Three: ex-officers sue South Wales police over miscarriage of justice saga – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2015 in miscarriage of justice, news, police, Wales by tracey

‘Eight former police officers involved in the Cardiff Three miscarriage of justice murder case have cast doubt on the freed men’s innocence as they sue their own force over the saga.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2015

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Wrexham historical child abuse gang jailed – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2015 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences, victims, Wales by sally

‘Five men guilty of being in a predatory paedophile gang in Wrexham in the 1980s have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2015

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Welsh Supreme Court judge ‘should be considered’ – BBC News

Posted August 4th, 2015 in judiciary, news, reports, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘Appointing a Welsh justice to the Supreme Court should be considered in the near future, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2015

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English drug dealer not sentenced in Wales because he doesn’t understand the accent – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in courts, news, sentencing, Wales by sally

‘A drug dealer from the West Midlands has reportedly refused to appear in court in Wales – because he doesn’t understand the Welsh accent.’

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The Independent, 28th July 2015

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The law in Wales – making it clearer, more modern and easier to use – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘Throughout the UK the law can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. The volume of legislation in England and Wales, the number of amendments and the way in which legislation is presented, make it increasingly difficult to find out what the law is and what it means. In Wales, the process of devolution has made matters even more complicated. In a consultation opening on 9 July the Law Commission is asking what can be done to simplify legislation relating to Wales and make it more accessible.’

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Law Commission, 9th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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South Wales Police ‘did not investigate ID of child sex gang’ – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2015 in gangs, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, sexual offences, Wales by tracey

‘Police did not try to identify a child sex gang which exploited a 15-year-old girl for four years, a watchdog says. Despite more than 40 child protection forms being completed, South Wales Police did not investigate the men or protect other children.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2015

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Welsh government job advert breached language policy – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2015 in advertising, government departments, news, Wales, Welsh language by tracey

‘An advert by the Welsh government to recruit the new children’s commissioner breached its own Welsh language policy, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2015

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Smoking ban in cars carrying children put to vote in Wales – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in children, fines, news, smoking, Wales by sally

‘A vote on banning people from smoking in cars when children are present is to take place in the Welsh Assembly.’
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BBC News, 2nd June 2015

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High Court rules faith school transport scheme unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 28th, 2015 in education, news, race discrimination, transport, Wales by sally

The High Court has struck down a council’s school transport policy following complaints from parents at six faith schools that the City and County of Swansea’s new scheme was discriminatory.

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th May 2015

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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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Historic abuse blamed for rise in child rape cases – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2015 in child abuse, news, rape, statistics, Wales by sally

‘Historic sexual abuse is fuelling the rise in the number of child rape cases being recorded in some parts of Wales, say two police forces.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2015

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M4 relief road for Newport challenged in court – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2015 in environmental protection, news, planning, roads, Wales by tracey

‘Friends of the Earth Cymru wants a judge to examine how ministers decided to press ahead with the 14-mile new stretch of motorway around Newport.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2015

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Speech by HHJ Jarman: Administrative Court in Wales – Challenges and Opportunities – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘His Honour Judge Jarman QC gave a speech “Administrative Court in Wales: Challenges and Opportunities” at Swansea University on 19 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Speech by Mr Justice Hickinbottom: Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘The Hon Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave a speech at The First Administrative Court in Wales Lecture on “Administrative Court in Wales – Evolution or Revolution” on 20 February 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Cameron and Clegg’s powers and funding pledge for Wales – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2015 in devolution, ministers' powers and duties, news, Wales by tracey

‘David Cameron and Nick Clegg will set out plans to transfer more powers from Westminster to Wales on Friday, after months of cross-party talks. They include guaranteed minimum funding for the Welsh government and allowing ministers in Wales to raise cash from the money markets for major projects.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2015

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The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution – Lecture by Lady Hale

The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution (PDF)

Lecture by Lady Hale

The Bryce Lecture, 5th February 2015

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Supreme Court says Welsh NHS charges Bill in breach of A1P1 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Sounds like a rather abstruse case, but the Supreme Court has had some important things to say about how the courts should approach an argument that Article 1 of Protocol 1 to ECHR (the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions) is breached by a legislative decision. The clash is always between public benefit and private impairment, and this is a good example.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th February 2015

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